(Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Dickelbers)
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Dickelbers)

When Saturday’s deadly accident occurred on Hudson Avenue, a New York State Trooper was conducting a traffic stop in the immediate vicinity. While police won’t comment on the factors that caused the accident until a full investigation has been completed, some readers —including an elected official—wondered why the state police conducted a traffic stop on the streets of Peekskill.

When asked about he matter, a state police spokesperson said the following:

“We often drive through Peekskill, where, of course, we have state jurisdiction since Peekskill is in New York,” said New York State Police Troop K Public Information Officer Melissa McMorris. “We have a very good relationship with the City of Peekskill Police Department and we look forward to continuing that, but in this case the Trooper witnessed a violation and conducted a traffic stop in that area.”

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The accident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. when, as the four victims were approaching Washington Street from Hudson Avenue, a car crashed into a parked white car, which then crushed them.

Peekskill police are working with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office to determine how fast the vehicle that caused the accident was going. Zoila Zhingri, a 69-year-old Peekskill resident, died from injuries sustained in the accident and a 71-year-old male and 2-year-old boy remain in critical condition, according to Peekskill Chief of Police Eric Johansen.

District Attorney spokesperson Robert Wolf confirmed that an assistant district attorney was on scene after the accident occurred, which is standard operating procedure when a death occurs.

“It is standard operating procedure that when something violent such as domestic violence takes place or a life is lost in an accident, one of our assistant district attorneys will appear on the scene to determine which category it fits into,” he said.

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